Review: Hereford & Hops IPA

Hereford & Hops IPA
Our American version of the classic English India Pale Ale (IPA). This copper colored ale has a higher level of alcohol that most of our beers and definitely has the most hops used in the brewing process. This beer contains very high levels of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Hidden among the hops is medium bodied beer with medium maltiness which helps balance the perceived hop bitterness. This beer is a must for all of the hopheads out there.

From a growler filled 142/27/2007, into a pint glass.

Pour is golden straw yellow with a foamy, puffy white head. Rocky, with decent lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity, like grapefruit and orange, a bit of honey, more grainy/grassiness as it warms up but not a lot.

Taste is actually quite bitter throughout, the balance definitely leans hoppy. There is a little bit of maltiness that appears as the beer warms in the glass but the bitterness levels never let it through. Almost imperial in bitterness, at 86 odd IBUs that could be expected, but I'd like a bit more balance. There's a little bit of an odd aftertaste. Dave mentioned the water profile on his blog, that may be what it is.

Mouthfeel is crisp and very drying. Pretty light in body.

Drinkability is okay. This isn't really a session beer, due to its general flavor but its a decent IPA if not a little unbalanced. There's bitter tasty and bitter harsh, with this one leaning toward the latter.